YEAR OF DEATH
DETAILS OF DEATH
On the night of Wednesday 6 January 1886 Constable Ryan escorted his niece to her house in White Hills and then announced his intention of checking the local Chinese camp. He was never seen or heard of again. Numerous theories were put forward to account for his disappearance but none could be substantiated. There was speculation that he had been the victim of foul play murdered by Chinese thieves whose activities he had been investigating or conversely that he had met with an accident and fallen down a flooded mine shaft or into a creek. However despite a massive search his disappearance remains a mystery.